Tuesday not kind to top ranked teams


William Paterson jumps ahead early and cruised
to 10-3 victory at Farmingdale State.

William Paterson athletics photo

Gwynedd Mercy erupted for six unanswered runs to rally past Cairn, 8-6, in the first game of the two-game CSAC series on Tuesday to extend their winning streak to six games. The Griffins, who trailed 6-2 after the third, fought their way back in it, getting runs in the fourth and fifth. They would take the lead in the seventh and add an insurance run in the eighth. Sachael Sciarretta went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, and RBI, and a walk. Ryan Keen, Dave Tatoian, and Justin Curtin also had two hits apiece to improve GMercyU to 14-11 and 8-3 in conference games.

Facing off against the No. 6 team in the country, Penn State Abington went toe-to-toe with powerhouse program Rowan and upset the Profs 10-7. The Nittany Lions picked up their second win against a nationally ranked opponent, with the last one coming against No. Rowan in 2014. With the win, the Nittany Lions earn their 13th straight win and improve to 22-7 for the season. Freshman pitcher Zach Bregenzer (Hopewell, NJ) stepped into the game in the fifth inning and shut down the Profs with three strikeouts to earn his third win of the season.

Scranton was playing its final two games of a five-game, four-day stretch, and the tough schedule caught up to the Royals as they dropped both ends of a Landmark Conference doubleheader at Elizabethtown, 10-3 and 7-6. Scranton (14-15, 6-6 Landmark) is now in a tie for fourth place in the conference with Susquehanna, two games behind third-place Elizabethtown (14-15, 7-5) and a game ahead of sixth-place Drew (15-14, 7-5). In game one the Blue Jays took control with an eight-run third inning, breaking open what was a 1-1 game heading into the inning. Elizabethtown scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to stun the Royals in the nightap, who had taken a 6-4 lead on the strength of a three-run fifth and an insurance run in the seventh.

McMurry senior Tyler  Jenkins pitched the game of a lifetime, besting Trinity (Texas) - the No. 1-ranked team in the nation for NCAA Division III – by a 3-1 score on the road. It was the War Hawks' (12-23) first win over the Tigers (32-5) since the 2015 season. Jenkins' (2-3) virtuoso effort was the first nine-inning complete-game effort for a McM hurler in three years. Mitch Labbie threw nine complete innings on March 28, 2015 in a 6-2 win over Schreiner University. But Jenkins' outing had that special asterisk of coming against the top-ranked team in the country.

Senior Mark Webber doubled twice and drove in four runs, while junior Connor Gill scored four times and drove in three runs as Babson defeated visiting Wentworth, 18-2, in non-conference action at Govoni Field. Babson, which has won 19 of its last 22 games, improves to 26-10 overall, while Wentworth slips to 10-14 on the year. Senior Ryan Arena was 3-for-3 with two runs batted in, classmate David Lennon had two hits and two RBI, and junior Brian McHale was 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored for the Beavers. First-year Peter Feinman also drove in a pair of runs in support of classmate Alex Luka (Downers Grove, Ill.), who struck out four and allowed five hits over four innings to improve to 2-1 with the win.

Sophomore Ben Lambert struck out nine in a strong performance on the mound and 23rd-ranked Southern Maine Huskies pounded out 19 hits off of seven different pitchers to defeated the fourth-ranked UMass Boston Beacons 14-6 in a Little East Conference baseball game at Ed Flaherty Field. Earning the regular season split with the Beacons, Southern Maine collects its third consecutive win to improve to 21-8 overall and 7-3 in the Little East Conference.  The Huskies snapped the Beacons' 15-game winnings streak and handed UMB its first loss in the month of April.  The LEC leader, UMB is now 26-6 overall and 9-1 in the Little East. 

A six-run bottom of the seventh allowed Southern Vermont to take the lead over Skidmore, and the hosting Mountaineers were then able to close it out and finish off a 16-12 non-conference win at Bill Epstein Field. Scoring was abundant from the start with Southern Vermont holding a 6-5 edge after the fourth. Both teams notched five runs in the fifth before the Mountaineers went ahead in the seventh. The Thoroughbreds notched one run in the ninth on a solo homer, but that would be it as SVC finished off its first-ever win over Skidmore in 13 all-time meetings.

UMass Dartmouth, with a 5-3 win over Rhode
Island, won for the fourth consecutive contest
to match the longest winning streak of the
campaign, while also splitting the season-series
with the Anchormen.

UMass-Dartmouth athletics photo

Endicott traveled to MIT for a non-conference tilt and came away with an 11-2 victory. The Engineers got on the board first as they tallied a run in both the second and third innings. However, Endicott responded in the top of the sixth, though, when the team exploded for 10 runs. The inning was highlighted by a double down the left line from Dan Cacciola. The Gulls added on one more run in the seventh inning on a solo home run from Kyle Brennan and then held MIT scoreless for the remainder of the contest to secure the win. Zachary Sultar got the start on the mound for Endicott and pitched just over four innings. He struck out seven batters while allowing only two runs. Alexander Mandrus came in during the fifth inning and improved to 4-0 on the season. Closing out the game was Alexander Zaiser who saw one inning of work and struck out one.

Ramapo won their ninth straight game with a 10-7 road win over Albright in non-conference action. The Roadrunners earn their 25th win of the season and now stand at 25-11 overall while the Lions drop to 11-17 overall. Nick Recarte (4-1) earned the win on the mound with eight strikeouts while he scattered two hits in six innings of work. Tyler Lombardo earned his first save of the season as he went the final three innings. He surrendered seven hits, five runs while he struck out three and walked one. At the plate the Roadrunners pounded out 12 hits in the game including home runs from Connor Walsh, Vincenzo Sita and Ryan MacNaughton.

Down 9-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Manhattanville College baseball team put together four straight multi-run innings, capped by a three-run ninth, as the Valiants and Mount St. Mary College Knights played to a 9-9 tie Tuesday afternoon at Manhattanville Field. The program's last tie occurred almost eight years ago to the day, a 16-16 affair with Cortland on April 25, 2010. Junior Kieran Corrigan finished with a team-high two hits and two runs scored, including the game-tying run in the ninth for Manhattanville (12-15-1).

Starting pitchers Ryan Caroway and Daniel Steve threw a pair of complete games as Keuka swept Cazenovia. Keuka (11-12, 5-3 NEAC) won the opener against Cazenovia 11-6. The Green and Gold then beat the Wildcats 13-4 in game two for the North Eastern Athletic Conference sweep.

Senior Sam Pistrui played all nine positions in
a 2-1 win for Schreiner over Hardin-Simmons.

Schreiner athletics photo

Senior designated hitter Mike Ramirez and junior second baseman Tom Pulcine each had four hits and four RBIs and senior first baseman Dan Berardi chalked up his 150th career hit to punctuate a dominant 15-3 non-conference win for New Jersey City (18-15) over Lehman (14-18) at the Thomas M. Gerrity Athletic Complex. NJCU’s bats came alive with 18 hits, including seven extra-base hits—five doubles, one triple and two home runs—and the New Jersey Athletic Conference steal leaders swiped seven bases without being caught. NJCU scored in seven of the first eight innings and produced multiple runs in five different turns at bat, including a pair of four-run innings.

Elmira scored at least one run in seven of the eight innings in which the team came to the plate, including a pair of five-spots, as the Soaring Eagles defeated Wells , 18-10, in a non-conference game at Dunn Field. Elmira plated a season-best 18 runs while tying a single-game high with 16 hits against the Express. Eight different players recorded a hit, and 10 Soaring Eagles scored a run. Conor Bawiec, Tommy Fogarty, and Nate Hanner each posted three hits, and both Bawiec and Hanner drove in four runs apiece.

Salem State and Framingham State split a MASCAC doubleheader at The Central Campus Baseball Field. The Vikings won game 1, 4-3 while the Rams came back to defeat Salem State 8-2 in the second game. The Vikings are now 18-14 and 7-5 in conference. Framingham State goes to 16-15 and 7-5 in the league. RJ Warnock's sixth inning RBI single proved to be the game-winner as Salem State edged Framingham State 4-3 in game one. Mike Andrews went the distance for Framingham State in their nightcap win, going all seven while allowing two runs on eight hits with a walk and five strikeouts.